Bus port move part of shake-up

Albany Extra - - News - Toby Hussey

Buses head­ing from Al­bany to Perth will set off from a new bus port from next year if a pro­posed move gets coun­cil ap­proval this month.

As part of a multi-or­gan­i­sa­tion shake-up to be con­sid­ered at the July 24 coun­cil meet­ing, if ap­proved, Tran­swa would move from its rail­way sta­tion site to a yet-to-be-de­vel­oped lot on the other side of Proudlove Pa­rade within 12 months.

If it goes ahead, it is likely UWA’s Wave En­ergy Re­search Cen­tre will lease the rail­way sta­tion site.

The move ap­pears to be an at­tempt by the City of Al­bany to hon­our an agree­ment with LandCorp, which sold the land to the City in 2015 on the con­di­tion that it de­velop it by late 2018.

That dead­line was ex­tended last year when it be­came clear the agree­ment would not be hon­oured.

At the July 10 Com­mu­nity and Cor­po­rate Ser­vices Com­mit­tee meet­ing, Cr Emma Doughty raised con­cerns that de­vel­op­ing the new block would in­crease bus traf­fic in the area, but City ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michael Cole said he was con­fi­dent Tran­swa would en­sure that was not an is­sue.

The City of Al­bany has pro­posed to spend $65,000 to turn half of the block into a carpark.

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